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Fall 2014 Courses

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SOWK 281 - 01 Introduction to Social Work - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 324
CRN: 41344 Instructor: Katharine M. Hill This course introduces the student to the profession of social work within the context of the social welfare system. It provides an overview of an integrative approach to generalist social work practice which emphasizes intervention on individual, community and societal levels. Special emphasis is placed on values, human diversity, social justice and social work fields of practice. Prerequisites: SOCI 100/1000 or PSYC 111/1001 SOWK 281/2810 is the same course as SOWK 2810/281 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 340 - 01 Human Behav & Social Env - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41345 Instructor: Staff The primary focus of this course is to investigate how humans interact with their social environments. This is a theory-heavy course focusing on metacognition- training students to think about the way we think. The course provides students with knowledge of theories of the social environments and how they impact, as well as are impacted, by human behavior. Further, theories on human behavior are examined through the multidimensional framework constituting biological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, political, and economic factors. Emphasis is on the role of and interaction between these multiple factors at the level of various systems: the individual, family, small group, organization, community, and society, including political and economic systems. The course consists of five modules: interpersonal relations and empowerment; social systems; political and economic systems; justice; and multiculturalism. The course investigates the multiple dimensions and intersections of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, and global and international perspectives. Students leave the class with a holistic understanding of the human experience within the environments that surround them. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: SOWK 281/2810; Prerequisites: PSYC 202/2025; BIOL 105/106/1120 or consent of the program director. SOWK 340/3400 is the same course as SOWK 3400/340 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 340 - 02 Human Behav & Social Env - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 SCB 324
CRN: 41791 Instructor: Pa D. Vang The primary focus of this course is to investigate how humans interact with their social environments. This is a theory-heavy course focusing on metacognition- training students to think about the way we think. The course provides students with knowledge of theories of the social environments and how they impact, as well as are impacted, by human behavior. Further, theories on human behavior are examined through the multidimensional framework constituting biological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, political, and economic factors. Emphasis is on the role of and interaction between these multiple factors at the level of various systems: the individual, family, small group, organization, community, and society, including political and economic systems. The course consists of five modules: interpersonal relations and empowerment; social systems; political and economic systems; justice; and multiculturalism. The course investigates the multiple dimensions and intersections of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, and global and international perspectives. Students leave the class with a holistic understanding of the human experience within the environments that surround them. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: SOWK 281/2810; Prerequisites: PSYC 202/2025; BIOL 105/106/1120 or consent of the program director. SOWK 340/3400 is the same course as SOWK 3400/340 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 355 - 01 Comm/Interviewing Skills M - W - - - - 1020 - 1200 SCB 324
CRN: 41346 Instructor: Pa D. Vang This course is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The primary focus is on communication theory and skills as applied to social work with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, beginning assessment skills and diversity issues. An integrative approach to generalist social work practice provides the context for intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. SOWK 355/3550 is taken with SOWK 375/3750 (or 378/3780) in the fall for day students. EWO students take SOWK 3550 in the fall and SOWK 3780 in the spring. Prerequisites or concurrent registration with: SOWK 281/2810 and SOWK 340/3400 or by consent of the program director. SOWK 355/3550 is the same course as SOWK 3550/355 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 355 - 02 Comm/Interviewing Skills M - W - - - - 1020 - 1200 SCB 205
CRN: 41347 Instructor: Felicia W. Sy This course is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The primary focus is on communication theory and skills as applied to social work with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, beginning assessment skills and diversity issues. An integrative approach to generalist social work practice provides the context for intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. SOWK 355/3550 is taken with SOWK 375/3750 (or 378/3780) in the fall for day students. EWO students take SOWK 3550 in the fall and SOWK 3780 in the spring. Prerequisites or concurrent registration with: SOWK 281/2810 and SOWK 340/3400 or by consent of the program director. SOWK 355/3550 is the same course as SOWK 3550/355 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 375 - 01 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work M - - - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 206
CRN: 41348 Instructor: Miriam S. Itzkowitz Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters) for day social work students. SOWK 3780/SOWK 378 (4 credits) is designed for day students taking a semester abroad in their junior year and for EWO students. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites: SOWK 3750/375 must be taken before SOWK 3760/376. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3750/375: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 375/3750 is the same course as SOWK 3750/375 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

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SOWK 375 - 02 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41350 Instructor: Staff Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters) for day social work students. SOWK 3780/SOWK 378 (4 credits) is designed for day students taking a semester abroad in their junior year and for EWO students. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites: SOWK 3750/375 must be taken before SOWK 3760/376. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3750/375: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 375/3750 is the same course as SOWK 3750/375 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

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SOWK 375 - 03 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - W - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 205
CRN: 41792 Instructor: Miriam S. Itzkowitz Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters) for day social work students. SOWK 3780/SOWK 378 (4 credits) is designed for day students taking a semester abroad in their junior year and for EWO students. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites: SOWK 3750/375 must be taken before SOWK 3760/376. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3750/375: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 375/3750 is the same course as SOWK 3750/375 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

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SOWK 375 - 04 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - W - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 206
CRN: 41352 Instructor: Michele R. Braley Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 10–12 hours per week throughout two consecutive terms (fall and spring semesters) for day social work students. SOWK 3780/SOWK 378 (4 credits) is designed for day students taking a semester abroad in their junior year and for EWO students. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites: SOWK 3750/375 must be taken before SOWK 3760/376. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3750/375: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 375/3750 is the same course as SOWK 3750/375 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas

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SOWK 378 - 01 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work M - - - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 206
CRN: 41349 Instructor: Miriam S. Itzkowitz Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 12-16 hours per week over one term. EWO students take SOWK 3780 (4 credits) in the spring of their Junior year. Day students are only eligible for SOWK 3780/378 if they are taking a semester abroad in their junior year and can register in the fall or the spring. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3780/378: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 378/3780 is the same course as SOWK 3780/378 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 378 - 02 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41351 Instructor: Staff Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 12-16 hours per week over one term. EWO students take SOWK 3780 (4 credits) in the spring of their Junior year. Day students are only eligible for SOWK 3780/378 if they are taking a semester abroad in their junior year and can register in the fall or the spring. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3780/378: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 378/3780 is the same course as SOWK 3780/378 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 378 - 03 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - W - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 205
CRN: 41793 Instructor: Miriam S. Itzkowitz Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 12-16 hours per week over one term. EWO students take SOWK 3780 (4 credits) in the spring of their Junior year. Day students are only eligible for SOWK 3780/378 if they are taking a semester abroad in their junior year and can register in the fall or the spring. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3780/378: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 378/3780 is the same course as SOWK 3780/378 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 378 - 04 Jr Fieldwork in Social Work - - W - - - - 0815 - 0955 SCB 206
CRN: 41353 Instructor: Michele R. Braley Junior Fieldwork complements your academic work through practical experience in a social work agency, institution or department. Under the supervision of an agency field instructor, the student learns beginning social work tasks and functions while applying theory to actual social work situations. Students participate in an on-campus seminar with other junior social work majors while in placement. The placement is 12-16 hours per week over one term. EWO students take SOWK 3780 (4 credits) in the spring of their Junior year. Day students are only eligible for SOWK 3780/378 if they are taking a semester abroad in their junior year and can register in the fall or the spring. It combines SOWK 3750/375 and SOWK 3760/376 into a single semester. Day students must consult with the department chair before registering for this course. Prerequisites with concurrency: For SOWK 3780/378: SOWK 2810/281 & SOWK 3400/340. SOWK 378/3780 is the same course as SOWK 3780/378 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 380 - 01 Social Work Research - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 329
CRN: 41354 Instructor: Andrea A. Nesmith This course fosters competence in the research skills needed for generalist social work practice. Students will gain knowledge in the steps of conducting research; practice evaluation; conducting research with vulnerable participants; locating and critically evaluating relevant research to inform practice; and evidence-based practice. They will learn values of ethical research practice, using the Belmont Report and the NASW Code of Ethics as guidelines. Particular emphasis is placed on protecting vulnerable research participants. Students will also gain skills in writing and presenting a literature review, developing a research proposal, and applying relevant research to practice. Prerequisites: SOWK 281/2810 and junior status or consent of the program director. SOWK 380/3800 is the same course as SOWK 3800/380 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change - T - - - - - 1330 - 1630 SCB 329
CRN: 40814 Instructor: Katharine M. Hill This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 281/2810 or consent of the Program Director SOWK 391/3910 is the same course as SOWK 3910/391 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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SOWK 423 - 01 Prac w/Older Adults & Families - T - - - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 205
CRN: 42176 Instructor: Carol A. Ashwood This course provides an introduction to, and overview of social work knowledge, skills, and values for working with older adults and their families. Content includes an examination of theories such as: “activity theory”, “substitution theory”, “continuity theory”, “labeling theory”, “transpersonal theories”, and the “transition model” as well as the “strengths perspective and empowerment principles” as they apply to an elderly population. Students are expected to examine their own and societal attitudes about aging, risk factors of aging, the nature and limitations of gerontological social work, forces shaping the delivery system, major bio-psychological and spiritual dimensions in practice, and differential models of intervention. *Only offered at St. Thomas

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SOWK 434 - 01 Prac w/Svc Members/Vets/Family - T - - - - - 1920 - 2145 SCB 324
CRN: 43450 Instructor: Christine A. Dawson This course provides an introduction to and overview of military social work knowledge, skills, and values for working with service members, veterans, and their families at the foundation level. Content includes an examination of topics relevant to a foundation in military social work practice such as military culture, at-risk populations, as well as risk and resilience among deployed service members and their families. Students are expected to examine their own and societal attitudes about social work with military-impacted populations. Students will demonstrate competency through integrative, multi-level applications grounded in literature, current initiatives and resources for military-impacted populations, and current research and policy. *Only offered at St. Thomas

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SOWK 441 - 01 Family Resilience/Diversity - T - - - - - 1640 - 1905 SCB 326
CRN: 42475 Instructor: Stephanie A. Spandl This course presents a family resilience framework for therapeutic and preventative efforts with families. The resilience lens shifts perspective from viewing distressed families as damaged to seeing them as challenged, affirming their potential for repair and growth. Students develop a knowledge base of experience of diversity through the study of cultural values, life style and family structure. *Only offered at St. Thomas

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SOWK 490 - 02 Prac w/Svc Members/Vets/Family - - - - - - - -
CRN: 42122 Instructor: Staff The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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